Five teams in NCAA post-season highlight the Lions Ledger

Five teams in NCAA post-season highlight the Lions Ledger

Thursday, November 20

  Volleyball vs. Valdosta State – 5 p.m.

Where: Bob Martinez Athletics Center (NCAA Division II South Region Tournament hosted by the University of Tampa), Tampa, Fla.
Record: SLU 19-13 | VSU 24-7
Website: SLUVSU
Links: Live StatsLive Video

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo volleyball team enters the regional quarterfinal match coming off a 3-1 victory over Rollins College, Saturday evening.  Senior Tawni Warren led the attack, picking up her career 1000th kill on senior night.
  • The Lions enter the tournament for the sixth time in program history, all under the leadership of head coach Sam Cibrone.  Saint Leo was last in the postseason just a campaign ago, losing in the quarterfinal to Florida Southern College, 3-2 in 2013.
  • Seniors Yaidimar Santiago and Alexa Griffith-Hardy were named to the All-Sunshine State Conference first team on Tuesday.  Santiago leads the region in digs per set with a 5.64 average.
  • Valdosta enters the tournament for the first time in program history, earning an automatic qualifier for winning the Gulf South Conference tournament, another program first.
  • VSU is led by outside hitter Jenna Kirkwood, who enters the match leading the Blazers with 393 kills.  Middle blocker Destiny Berry leads the team in attack percentage with a .292 clip while posting 248 kills.
  • The last time these squads met, the Blazers took a 3-1 decision over the Lions in the SSC/GSC Crossover tournament at Florida Southern College on Oct. 18th.

  Women's Basketball vs. Southeastern (Fla.) – 7 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-0 | SEU 4-0
Website: SLUSEU
Links: Live StatsLive Video

Game Notes

  • Women’s basketball enters the game after trouncing the Falcons of Montevallo, 77-40 to conclude the Saint Leo Classic presented by Sleep Inn.  The Lions were led by freshman Mary Redmond, who scored a game-high 17 points off the bench in her second collegiate game.  The guard is averaging 16.5 points a game to start the season.
  • Senior forward Melissa Jackson is averaging 10 boards a game while scoring 15 points. The forward notched her first double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and picking up 11 rebounds against Montevallo.
  • The Fire defeated Florida College in its Monday night matchup, taking a lopsided 102-60 win over the Falcons.  The team shot 47% beyond the arc and sunk 22 three-pointers to defeat FC.
  • Bailey Hooker and Alyssa Ramos each scored 20 points for the Fire to earn its fourth-straight victory.
  • The last time these two teams met was during the 2011-12 season. The Lions put out the Fire 54-40 on Dec. 3rd, 2011.

Friday, November 21

  No. 19 Men's Soccer vs. No. 3 Lynn – 1 p.m.

Where: YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field (NCAA South Region Final hosted by Young Harris College), Young Harris, Ga.
Record:SLU 10-3-4 | LU 15-1-1
Website: SLULU
Links: Live Stats Live Video

Game Notes

  • The men’s soccer team enters the south region final after advancing on penalty kicks against No. 13 Christian Brothers on Sunday.  This marks only the second time that Saint Leo has reached the region final in three postseason appearances in program history.  The other two came in 2005 and 2013. 
  • The SLU offense is led by Matthias Katerna, as the freshman has scored five goals this season.  Fellow forward Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel owns the team-lead in points, posting 12 behind four goals and four assists.  Senior Alexander Racca follows with 11 points (four goals, three assists).
  • Goalkeeper Manuel Schoenhuber came up with a big save in the first round of the NCAA tournament as the junior stopped a CBU penalty kick to advance after the tie score in regulation.
  • The Lions will meet No. 3 Lynn University in the showdown to claim the region.  Saint Leo fell to the Fighting Knights 3-2 as SSC Player of the Year Chris Hellman scored the game winner after Saint Leo had tied the game 2-2 in the 85th minute.
  • Lynn received a first round bye for claiming the top spot in the South Region.  The Fighting Knights claimed the regular season SSC title as well as the conference tournament after making quick work of Nova Southeastern and Florida Tech.

  No. 24 Women's Soccer at No. 8 Rollins – 7:30 pm

Where: Barker Family Stadium, (NCAA South Region Final hosted by Rollins College), Winter Park, Fla.
Website: SLURC
Links: Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • The Lions enter the game off a 2-0 upset of No. 2 Barry. Forward Katie Waddell and Genevieve Gignac each tallied a goal in the win, advancing to the round of 16 to face all-too-familiar foe, Rollins.
  • Sophomore Arielle Kabangu leads the team with 17 goals this season and a staggering 41 points.  Fellow forward Waddell is second with 13 goals, nine assists for 35 points.  The Lions will look to their offense to match that of the Tars.
  • The Tars are led by duo Mora Johnson and Paxton Sickler, as the tandem has scored 14 goals each.
  • The Lions have met the Tars a whopping three times this season, falling in each meeting but each becoming less lopsided.  The Lions began with a 5-0 loss to the Tars before meeting in SSC action, being handed another 4-1 loss.  The last meeting between the two, Rollins edged the Lions 3-1.
  • Rollins defeated Valdosta State using a first-half penalty kick in the 20th minute which stood as the only goal of the game.  The Tars advance with a 1-0 win against familiar Saint Leo.

Saturday, November 22

  Men's & Women's Cross Country at NCAA South Regional
9 a.m. CST Men's 10k  /  10 a.m. CST Women's 6k

Where: Sharon Johnston Park (hosted by the University of Alabama at Huntsville), Huntsville, Ala.
Website: SLU

Game Notes

  • The men’s cross country team enters the regional meet after claiming the Sunshine Stat Conference championship.  Runners Carl Dunne, Joe Marrah, Rafal Matuszczak and Valentin Lenz crossed in the top-10 while Niclas Bez was the first to finish behind an 8K time of 25:42.30.
  • The men will compete in the regional contest ranked first in the South after claiming the conference championship.
  • Niclas Bez was named SSC Runner of the Year while freshman Anthony Deleva was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.
  • The women’s cross country team edged the University of Tampa to take the Sunshine State Conference championship.  Colett Rampf was the individual champion for the women, clocking in an overall time of 22:20.20 to defeat Tampa’s Chantell Blundell.  The finish earned the freshman a clean sweep of the SSC awards, claiming both the Runner of the Year and the Freshman of the Year awards.
  • Cross Country head coach Melissa Miller-Mangen was named the Coach of the Year for both the men and the women.

  Men's Basketball vs. Young Harris – 2:00 p.m.

Where: North Campus Gymnasium, (at Central Georgia Technical College), Macon, Ga.
Record: SLU 2-1 | YHC 1-0
Website: SLUYHC
Links: Live Stats

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s basketball will be heading to Macon, Ga., to face Young Harris College in a game that will be played at Central Ga. Technical College. This will be the first meeting between the Lions and the Mountain Lions since Young Harris announced it would joining the ranks of Division II in Fall 2011.
  • The Lions are coming off an 89-48 win on Tuesday night against Florida Memorial, led by Ron Foxx with 21 points. Foxx led a quartet of Saint Leo players in double figures; he was joined by Marcus Dewberry with 20 points, while Devin Crisosto and Cale Girten added 14 and 10 points respectively. The 41-point win was Saint Leo’s largest margin of victory since a 118-50 victory over Trinity (Fla.) on Nov. 26, 2011.
  • Tuesday’s win over Florida Memorial also marked the fifth straight season the Lions had posted a win in their regular season home opener.
  • The Lions have had four players score in double digits in each of their two wins this season. Saint Leo has yet to have a player record a double-double despite averaging 41.3 rebounds per game with a +8.0 rebounding margin; junior transfer Lucas Johnson came the closest to accomplishing the feat on Tuesday versus Florida Memorial with nine points and 11 rebounds. 

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